By Jomo Paul
[www.inewsguyana.com] – Minister of Communities which now encompasses the Local Government and Regional Development Ministry Ronald Bulkan says that the appointment of Carol Sooba as Town Clerk is high on his list of issues to be addressed.
In December 2013 Sooba was appointed in the capacity of Town Clerk at City Hall; however her appointment has not seen an easy tenure as she was accused of not meeting the qualifications to be appointed such a post.
Sooba was met with stern resistance by members of the council and Guyana’s then political opposition who described her appointment as an imposition on the city councillors.
Deputy Mayor Patricia Chase-Greene was one of the persons who was vocal about Sooba’s appointment and had always maintained that she was least qualified to occupy the post.
Following her appointment, several high drama events unfolded at the city council with several exchanges of words at statutory meetings. This was compounded by several walk outs by the Mayor and councillors and on occasions Sooba herself.
The highlight of the issue however was the several motions of no confidence which were tabled at the council against Sooba, these were however ignored.
When contacted on Monday on the issue, Bulkan told iNews that “the question is under consideration now and it’s a priority issue to be addressed.”
Bulkan opted not to comment on whether the no confidence motions against Sooba will be upheld.
On April 11, 2014 Bulkan, a then Opposition member said “it was stated by the APNU that Sooba was unqualified and unsuited and she has imposed on the Town Council, despite her lack of qualification and she never sought to cooperate with the Georgetown City Council.”
The then Shadow Local Government Minister reminded that the council had successfully moved a no-confidence motion against Sooba before her substantive appointment. He said the council is now awaiting her next move.
“It’s now left to be seen if the Minister is going to respect the decision of the court and we will soon learn if Sooba has demitted the office that she occupies there,” said Bulkan.